Environmental health officer apprenticeships - where to start
You can get into this job through
a university course
working towards this role
You can study for a degree or postgraduate qualification approved by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. You'll usually need 2 to 3 A Levels, or equivalent, for a degree. You'll need a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course.
You can do an environmental health practitioner degree apprenticeship.
You'll usually need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A Levels, or equivalent.
You may be able to start as an environmental health technician and study for a part-time environmental health degree while you're working.
You'll also need to produce a portfolio of work for assessment and pass professional exams including an interview to qualify.
Environmental health officer apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- thinking and reasoning skills
- excellent verbal communication skills
- legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
- analytical thinking skills
- knowledge of English language
- maths knowledge
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Restrictions and Requirements
You're likely to need a full, clean driving licence for this job.
Environmental health officer apprenticeships - what you'll do
In your day-to-day duties you may:
- inspect businesses for health and safety, food hygiene and food standards
- follow up complaints and investigate outbreaks of food poisoning, infectious disease or pests
- collect samples for laboratory testing
enforce environmental health laws
- investigate accidents at work
- advise community groups and give educational talks
- give evidence in court
- write records and reports
- advise employers on all environmental health matters
You could work at a restaurant, at a client's business, at a store, in a court or in an office.
Your working environment may be dirty and you'll travel often.
You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career path and progression - Environmental health officer apprenticeships
With experience you could apply for Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner status.
In local government you could progress to senior, principal or chief environmental health officer. You could also become a university lecturer.